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“Nice beach hotel,nice people” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles

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Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Beau Vallon
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7 reviews
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“Nice beach hotel,nice people”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

Nice deluxe rooms,super location.A little disorganized staf at the beach bar. Friendliy reception,clean.. Nice concierge.Great restorans nearby-La plage,Perle noir.They yust need to bee organized at the pool-beach bar.It belongs now to Savoy built nearby and opend in march-so be fast and enjoy unil the beach Will prbably be too crowded. We had a nice stay(4th time on the Seyshells):

Room Tip: High positin deluxe rooms with sea wiew are excelent
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sankalp K, Manager at Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear Robert

Thank you very much for the review.
4th time!, nice.

December did prove to be a bit challenging on some days with 100% occupancy and 400 guests in house. The pool bar overlooking the ocean is a popular place to relax for our guests and a few "outsiders" that drop by. The F&B department acknowledges the service expectation and so have looked to employ additional staffing to help out during our busy times.

Look forward to see you back in Seychelles for the 5th time.

Regards
Len
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visited in December which is the rainy season but because you are essentially on the equator the rain doesn't last for long and it is always steamy.

The hotel is in the location of Beau Vallon - the busiest tourist spot on Mahe with a host of beech bars and restaurants to try.

Coral Strand is comfortable and clean and is located on a postcard-white stretch of coral beach with turquoise seas.

We loved every minute. Breakfast is great value and well presented. We didn't have the evening buffet but preferred to try local restaurants however we did eat the pool bar a number of times which is a real gem.

For those gentlemen who appreciate a good pint my husband almost had a heart-attack when he got his first beer at the pool bar. The glass consisted of 3/4 beer with the remainder being a frothing head. Just insist that they pour to the pint level when you order your next beer.

On Wednesday the locals head down to the market on the promenade on the road beside the hotel and this is great for trying out local food and eating on the beach!

The beach at Coral Strand is lovely, we walked all the way to both ends, great views and really peaceful and relaxing. You can also walk to a couple of local supermarkets if you need to top up on supplies which is a bonus.

We had a bit of an issue with one member of staff when it came to organising excursions. He clearly had his preferred suppliers and activities and would not assist us with some of our ideas. He said organising a boat trip for snorkelling wasn't an option at this time of year however we managed to organise this ourselves and had an absolutely amazing day.

(You can walk to Teds boat tours on the beach and they take you out for a day on the boat.)


We also walked to the Boat House for drinks and got a taxi to La Scala Restaurant for dinner which was amazing and we would highly recommend.

Getting a taxi to Victoria is also easy and worth a visit, but don't expect the capital city to keep you occupied all day as it is really small!

There are also a couple of restaurants outside the hotel entrance which looked nice however we ran out of time to try everything. Finally hiring a car is a must we drove around the island and got to explore loads of lovely beaches. A wonderful holiday, Seychelles is a pricey island and for those seeking value with the beauty included then the Coral Strand and Beau Vallon is a must.

Room Tip: As for a room with a sea view
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sankalp K, Director of Sales at Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear Danielle

Thank you for the review posted.
I am pleased to hear the hotel lived up to your expectations. The location of the hotel is definitely a great selling point as is close to numerous shops and restaurants nearby with an extensive selection to choose from. And the beach too is not bad :)

We look forward to welcoming you back to the island.

regards
Len
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

We arrived to the hotel and the check in was rather painless. Our room was the perfect size for a couple. I'd read a few tips here on Tripadvisor that many rooms' sea view was obscured, so we opted for the 1 of 3 Junior Suites and weren't disappointed - our balcony was hovering over the beach with a magnificent view each morning/day/night.

The elevator was nonoperational for a few of the days during our stay, but luckily there was only 1 flight of stairs to our room.

In terms of services, the room was cleaned well, although we had to phone for fresh towels on two occasions.

The internet is very pricey.

The breakfast was nice with lots of options for hot and cold food. We found the restaurant/bar food and drinks were expensive, for the quality. We headed down to the next resort along the beach which had a few more menu options and tastier food. There is also a general store for snacks a walk down the beach ie. no vending machine at the hotel which I felt was a lost opportunity. Things are just expensive there, but it was about value for money.

The reception staff were always polite and tried to assist where they could, but generally everything on Mahe moved slowly. It may just be that I'm used to a faster paced lifestyle, but most things took time. Getting menus, getting drinks...so be sure to take it easy while you wait.

The location of the hotel was the best part. A fantastic location.

The loungers are laid on the beach during breakfast and hotel towels are available daily. While the swimming pool was average size, most of the guests (us included) opted to swim in the warm ocean water.

We had a great time!

Room Tip: If you're just a couple, the junior suite has an uninterrupted view of the ocean and beach from...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Sankalp K, Director of Sales at Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear Kris

Thank you for your feedback.

It can be hard sometimes to adjust to service levels been a little slower than one is used too especially coming from Joburg. Generally speaking I am not sure it will change much in my lifetime but I suppose it is something that does make Seychelles unique. (Holiday mode all the time). At the Coral Strand we do though try and are continuously looking at ways to improve on the service and speed things up. We recently employed a training manager to look at service delivery.

Thank you for the tip regarding a vending machine, we will look into it.

Look forward to seeing you back on the island (maybe this time leave the watch behind), :)

Regards
Len
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

Beau Vallon is the perfect place for families looking for proximity to many activities. Great restaurants and diving arrangements can be had with a 5-minute walk up the beach, unlike other parts of Mahe. The hotel itself is fairly straightforward - comfortable with a very nice staff. It's not pretending to be a 5-star resort so don't expect that, but rent a car and see the island and you'll have a great trip with a fine walk on the beach in the morning and night time.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sankalp K, Director of Sales at Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear Blotter

Thank you for your feedback.

The Coral Strand is no 5 star hotel as you rightfully mention. We see ourselves as a 4 star hotel trying to deliver and exceed on the perception of our guest expectations by means of value provided by service and product.

Regards
Len
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

1. Architecture looks like a prison
2. Rooms you feel like into a prison cell
3. Elevators most of the time out of order so you have to walk up five flours
4. Reception tiny and shabby
5. Pool? It's nothing more than a bigger bath hub
6.Pool bar tiny expensive
7.Furniture.. Now you know you're in prison
8.Breakfast worse than a really bad B&b
9. Dining don't expect much more than under point 8
10.Staff unfriendly not really trained includes the manager
11. No road access
12. Total rip off
Total experience ... Run away!!!
As travel reporters my wife and I know really well what four star means and we booked these hotel for seven nights; but all in one it was so worse that we leave this bad hotel the next day and spend the rest of our holiday in the Constance Ephelia hotel,wich was great.

Please save your money pamper yourself and DON'T
Book the Coral Strand Hotel!!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank Armin K
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Sankalp K, Director of Sales at Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear Armin

Thank you for your comments.
It is sad to read your views regarding your brief stay about the Coral Strand and that we at the hotel could not meet your expectations. The rooms had recently gone through a complete refurbishment offering a modern and contemporary feel to it with an emphasis on maximum the space available. It comes down to personal taste. As for the restaurants and the food quality many of our guests have commented on how good it is. Nevertheless, you were not happy and so I do apologies for it not been up to your standard.

Even though we are not a 5 star Ephelia, we do have great qualities to offer our guests.

Regards
Len
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

THIS HOTEL HAS A BAD VIBE presumably because guests and staff are unhappy. we were on the 5th floor and the lift was not working. no-one knew when it would be repaired. we were not allowed to use the service lift which was for staff only. the pool is the smallest i have ever seen, 8 people in it would be too many.( there must be 120 rooms in this hotel) no pool attendant, kids were pissing in the pool and abandoned nappies inside. no loungers anywhere on the beach and the pool loungers were always wet and dirty. we were charged £7 for a bottle of water but the same bottle cost only £2.25 in the 5 star hotel we moved to after putting up with this hotel for 2 days. no whiskey at the bar only bourbon. on saturday night the main restaurant was closed for a party without warning so we had dinner on a bar stool listening to karaoke which is not my idea of fun. the road in front of hotel is a building site and even if it was open there is nowhere to walk to. the hotel shop was permanently closed. the lobby area resembles a shack and the main restaurant is tawdry. impossible to get hold of the manager during the weekend. tv broke down when it rained. 3 giant tortoises live in a minuscule compound where there is only wet mud. they look unhappy. the beach is nice but avoid this hotel. it is worth shelling out more money for a deluxe hotel eg the constance ephelia hotel resort is fantastic.

Room Tip: must book sea view
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Yaounde, Cameroon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

Rooms are in excellent condition. Internet is too expensive! The buffet is fine and the personnel is really professional....Internet should be offered to all the guest...but the room service , the buffet is really delicious....At the end due to the high level of prices it's the place to go with enough money....Qui expensive for the rest of us but the location deserve it!

Room Tip: Rooms nearby the pool are excellent...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles
Address: Beau Vallon, Mahe Island, Seychelles
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Location: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Beau Vallon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Beau Vallon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles 4*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel stands out with a completely new hotel concept for the Seychelles: Premium comfort at an affordable price. The island's best value-for-money is located at the absolutely best area directly on the most attractive strip of beach in the famous Beau Vallon Bay on the largest of Seychelles' islands, Mahé. Hardly any other hotel has such a beach and ocean view. The 4 star plus hotel has 161 modern and attractively equipped rooms. There are 140 standard rooms, 4 junior suites, 21 deluxe rooms. The original Coral Strand opened in 1972 as one of the first hotels on the Seychelles. The name Coral Strand has always attracted guests with its breath-taking ocean views and fantastic location directly on the white sand beach. The last 40 years have seen a steady stream of return guests. The hotel bar with its live music has established itself as a legendary meeting point for tourists and locals. The original hotel was completely reconstructed and renovated with new design, equipment and contemporary comfort. The service offer was also completely reorganized. With the new name Coral Strand Smart Choice, the hotel now wants to offer the best value-for-money hotel in the Seychelles. ... more   less 
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